When we lived on Long Island in NY, we had the fortune ( misfortune for our waist line!) to be near the Entemen's bakery, and outlet. It's a dieter's nightmare, especially for my prepondency to love cake, doughnuts cheese stuffed baked goodies. Well, eventually we swore off the trips to the outlet store,and not too soon! One Sunday they ran a story in the local paper about Entemen's history and family, included were 2 recipes, one for chocolate chip cookies and the other a dinner roll created by the son, then CEO. I never made the cookies, strange, but the dinner rolls were THE rolls for any celebration dinner, or any dinner as far as I'm concerned.
3-3 1/2 cups AP flour
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk ( or of choice)
3 tbsp butter softened
1 large egg lightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1. In large bowl of mixer, blend 1 cup of the flour with yeast and sugar.
2. In sauce pan ( or microwave safe measuring cup or bowl) melt butter into milk until 120 degrees .Blend into flour mixture add egg and continue to beat two minutes. Stir in remaining flour and salt. NOTE at this point the dough should be more a shaggy mess then a ball. I leave it as is at this time,and let it rise covered, with the paddle in the bowl in a warm place till doubled.
3. When doubled return bowl to mixer stir down and add any additional flour as needed .We want a soft smooth dough, turn out and knead about 5 minutes till resilient and no longer sticky but a little tacky.
Let rest covered 5 minutes.Cot into 15 equal size pieces, make rounds or balls as follows, I take a piece of dough and pull the skin,whichever has most surface (the outside or the cut inside)over or down to the base to make a ball,place a piece of dough in my left hand and using thumb an forefinger of my right hand, pull the skin of dough up to the top and pinch to seal. turning the ball pull up and pinch all around to create a tight surface ( Imagine a piece of cloth in your hand with a piece of dough in it,the cloth is the outer 'skin' and pull up the cloth to top and pinch, turn and pinch).Place seam side down in a 9x13 buttered baking dish( I prefer glass) .Cover let rise till doubled. bake in a pre heated400 degree oven, 15 minutes till well risen and browned on top. Enjoy!!